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Probe launched into why Turkish assassin wasn’t taken alive

22 December 2016 10:38

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An investigation has been launched into why Turkish police did not capture the Russian ambassador to Turkey’s assassin alive.

The Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was killed during the opening of a photo exhibition at a gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday. The assassin, off-duty policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas was shot dead at the scene by police.

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency said on Wednesday that prosecutors had launched an investigation into why Turkish special forces, who stormed the exhibition after Karlov’s killing, gunned down Altintas, instead of capturing him alive.

The probe’s initial findings have shown that Altintas had kept firing at the police even after being shot in both legs, while shouting “You cannot capture me alive!”

On December 10, 44 people, mostly policemen, were killed and over 150 more injured in a twin bomb attack, during the second of which a bomber detonated his explosive belt as police arrived to surround him.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow did not believe that the gunman acted on his own.

“We shouldn’t rush with any theories before the investigators establish who were behind the assassination of our ambassador,” he said.

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